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Slick Nick Winter Ale - Sebago Brewing Company

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Slick Nick Winter AleSlick Nick Winter Ale

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Reviews: 50
Hads: 125
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 5.31%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sebago Brewing Company visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: msolar on 12-18-2008

Slick Nick Winter Ale is our most popular seasonal ale. The caramel and black malts we use to brew Slick Nick gives it the deep amber color. This insidious brew is best enjoyed during New England's freezing winter months. Slick Nick himself is pictured on our label casing out the Victoria Mansion in Portland Maine on a blustery night. Warm up with one of Maine's best winter offerings.

38.8 IBU
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Photo of HamdenHector
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; deep amber colored; 1 finger khaki head that receded to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: roasted grain;

T: a little surprising; not a lot of flavor; what's there is nicely balanced; a bit of hop bitterness from mid-palate through the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; alcohol well hidden;

O: easy to drink; (338 characters)

Photo of Garypuffer
3.11/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Looks like your typical winter warmer, but kinda wimpy in the taste department...but gotta say, it doesn't have the sweet, overly spiced taste of some of 'em. Got it as a Xmas gift so can't complain too much. (208 characters)

Photo of illpass78
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a becker.

Appearance: Pours a slightly murky ruby-type color. Short white head is gone soon. Carbonation seems heavy.

Aroma: Malty nose with some slightly spicy hops and some dark fruits like cherries and raisins.

Taste: Pretty good malt presence up front. Slightly sweet, brown sugary finish. Those dark fruit notes have more of a presence as it warms. Hop spiciness is also noticeable.

Mouthfeel: A little thinner than expected. Not watery, but lacks a big, firm body.

Overall: Okay winter seasonal. Might just not be a style I love. It's approachable and quaffable, but there isn't much to it. (627 characters)

Photo of MaineBrewing
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured a dark clear amber, with massive 2.5 finger off white head. Head took a while to dissipate and left me with copious amounts of lacing that remained to the end.

S - the aroma is subdued, slight spicy hops, sweet fruity malt with lots if raisin, and warming alcohol.

T - the taste is a complex balance of hops malt and warming alcohol. The flavor hops, while present with citrus and pine, take a back seat to the sweet malt, slight notes of dark fruits and candy sugar but not so much. But it is the finish gets me, a quenching bite of bitter hops and warming alcohol, that is so enjoyable.

M - ample carbonation makes it feel less thick than it probably is. Finishes clean and slightly sweet.

O - I'm very partial to this beer, one if my favorite winter warmers. The hops stand up to the malt real well, resulting in a very enjoyable and flavorful beer. (871 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Appearance was dark brown with a thin head that dissipated quickly. The smell was heavy on malt with some hop at the end. Also some chocolate notes give a sweet smell to it. The taste was very mellow and earthy. Lots of sweet malt to this one. the mouthfeel was a bit thick for my tastes but not bad. Overall a very nice winter warmer. (336 characters)

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.06/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy brown color with a thin beige head. No lacing on the glass.

Smell: Heavy malts and citrus.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Rough medium bodied. Taste mostly of roasted malts and very bitter hops.

Overall: Not too bad, it will keep you warm on a cold night for sure. (311 characters)

Photo of nukem5
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a murky brown color with some fizzy head .

S: Aroma is of sweet darker fruits with hints of caramel and molasses.

T: Flavors rush the tongue with sweet caramel and dark fruity mystery.

M: Mouthfeel is on the medium side with light carbonation.

O: Overall a decent beer and definitly a winter warmer but not too high in the ABV's. Nice as it warms up up get a bit on the hot side. (392 characters)

Photo of alexgash
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle.

Slightly hazy ruddy copper body. Slim finger of gauzy, sticky, cobwebby, dirty beige head. Some lacing. Sugary malts with fruity notes of plum and Concord grape. A little bitter molasses edge. Fruit cake-y with subtle spices (allspice and ginger?).

Caramel, slightly toasted malt up front. Plum and grape fruitiness fill up the palate. Tannic, bitter edge picks up mid-way through. Faint spice notes, but the herbal, woody bitterness is too strong for it. Dryer in the finish, thanks to the bitterness. Some lingering fruit malt sweetness. Not bad, but a little harsh on the bitterness. Medium bodied with a creamy feel. (638 characters)

Photo of deebo
3.27/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-copper amber color. Clear with a weak white foam
S-warm spices reminiscent of the style. Cinnamon and nutmeg especially. Malty with a sweet cookie note
T-pretty much right on with the aroma
M-soft bodied and quick finish. A bit of a spicy noble hop like finish. Pleasing
O-a solid easy drinking WW (302 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper color with a huge beige head that persists forever leaving moderate lacing on the glass. Hints of caramel and bready malt mix with earthy spicy hops make up the aroma. A slight mineral edge rounds out the nose. The flavor is toffee and caramel with bread mineral water and earthy spicy hops providing some bit of balance. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Not a bad beer, I could see myself drinking these. (470 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012

A: Pours an amber color with a fingers worth of off-white head

S: Caramel and malts stick out the most, with a touch of fruitiness and brown bread

T: Follows the nose, sweet caramel and brown bread along with a hint of dark fruit from the hops. Fairly simple

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Exceptionally smooth

O: A nice little winter warmer with no spices. Nice and easy to drink as well. Good price point, solid beer (441 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazy, amber-brown coloring with a sparse white surface coating. Aromas of roasted toffee, gingerbread, and some old world fruit sweetness. Flavors are initially light, with fig and date sweetness blending with a light roasting and some warming spices. Smooth and mid-bodied, this leads to a sweet and roasty aftertaste. The finish is almost cloying, but remains light enough to avoid overpowering. Tasty brew. (484 characters)

Photo of obywan59
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer of the month.

The beer is coppery or orange-amber in color, depending on the light. A light tan 3-finger head dissipated quickly leaving a bit of lacing. No carbonation buttles are apparent.

The smell is of toasted malts with lemony spice and other fruity aromas. The citrus is just on the overripe side.

Caramelly toasted malts make their presence known upfront, but are largely wiped out by a fast rising and long lasting bitterness accented by some light spiciness. The second glass exhibits some metallic flavor after a hard pour, but soon settles down.

The medium-bodied mouthfeel borders on medium-full. There's a bit of bite on the tongue, though I never saw a single carbonation bubble. Occasionally, there's also some warmth in the throat.

This is a decent beer. Not spectacular, but not disappointing either. I would have no complaints if I happened to encounter it again. (892 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
3.24/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours hazy brown with a 1.5 finger of off-white head. Average retention some lower lacing.

S - Yeasty spice bread, mixed with sugary raisins, dates, and prunes. Heavily brewed cold tea, doughy yeast,

T - Sweet malt laced with pepper, cinnamon, brown sugar, and unknown other spices. Prunes start to rise above the other flavors, hints of orange tea come in with a nutty yeast. Finishes with an herbal hop bitterness.

M - Medium body, soft carbonation.

Not sure what style this fits in. Heavy yeast, some spice bread, and some mild hops make this good for a setting. Not sure I would seek this out though. (613 characters)

Photo of suspect
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Thanks to mrmarmot for the hookup. This came in his beer-of-the-month club.

A: Pours a mostly clear reddish color. Relatively aggressive pour leads to a 1 finger off-white head that disappears relatively quickly. Lacing is thick and plentiful.

S: Spices, malts and faint hop aroma lead a really nice smelling beer.

T: Follows the nose almost exactly. Strong spices including cinnamon, coriander and a really wonderful malt profile.

M: Nice creamy feel...aftertaste doesn't stick for very long but leaves me wanting more.

O: A solid beer. Not really a "strong ale" so to speak, more of a winter warmer but a very good one, none-the-less. (708 characters)

Photo of bonkers
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured from a 12 ounce botttle into a SA perfect pint glass, deep copper color, medium white head. The aroma is toasted malts, bready. Lots of toasted malt flavor, then not much else, drying finish. The body is medium, good carbonation, no noticeable booze. Kind of a disapointing beer, recieved as part of a BOTMC. (317 characters)

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Family Guy pint glass.

A: Light, clean orangy copper color beneath a two-finger head of quickly dissipating toffee-colored foam. Left slight lacing with minimal head retention to match.

S: Sweet and spicy, mildly carrot-cake like aroma, with some zesty, muted citrus hops.

T: Light caramel sweetness up front with some grainy, milled cereal flavors as well. A concoction of cinnamon, vanilla, coriander and nutmeg comes together with a tinge of viscous alcohol and leads to a pretty smooth finish, almost watery by comparison to its mid-palate.

M: Pretty clean and light-medium bodied for a higher ABV, spiced red ale. Very drinkable with only a little alcohol burn to detract.

O: Less a strong ale than a jacked up red ale with some "holiday spices" thrown in the mix, Slick Nick was surprisingly good. At 6.2% ABV, its a pretty drinkable ale to help you warm up to nefarious in-laws at your holiday party, or simply put a glow on your face in front of the fire. Enough taste and drinkability to keep it afloat in the sea of winter warmers. (1,083 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a dark amber color with a 1/2" head that breaks apart quickly. Some spotty lace develops.

Smell: light spices, caramel, and a bit of fruity sweetness comes through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, bits of spice like cinammon and pepper, red apples, plums, and a moderate bittereness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp from start to finish. The flavors linger a while on the tongue.

Overall: a decent ale that goes nicely on a cold evening in front of a fire. Not to bold on the flavor front, so it is quite drinkable for everyone. (555 characters)

Photo of sirminkdeadly
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass straight from a 12 ounce bottle.

A-- Beer pours a full inch of head on an aggressive pour that wanes after a short time. Lacing is decent. Color is a nice, solid amber.

S-- I smell a nice, deep malt here. A cinnamon note shines through with a little bit of fruit from the hops. I get the impression from the smell that the hops won't play much.

T-- A nice, medium malt flavor with some spice notes in the background. There is a little bitterness on the back end, and the hops comes through after a longer exposure.

M-- This beer is decent on the texture, but there is a little less carbonation than I'd like. It just feels a bit flat; maybe that's my pour talking. Overall, just not enough pop from the bubbles, and that might be good or bad...not quite sure.

O-- A solid beer, but really could use some more depth in the malt and better texture. However, I like it, and I would drink it again! (933 characters)

Photo of CHADMC3
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy toffee to walnut colored body with copper hues showing through beneath the thin, off-white head.

Faint aromas of winter spices such as cinnamon creep to the nose with bready malt and a touch of hops and perhaps fig or dates.

Flavors are of toasted malt, grains, bread, and faint spices with a touch of something metallic in the finish.

Medium in body and carbonation, it does leave a faint, yet unidentifiable bite on the palate.

I guess this is somewhere between winter warmer and strong ale with faint hints of the spices traditional to the winter warmer, yet perhaps more appropriate in the catch all of strong ale. (638 characters)

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At Sebago (downtown Portland location):

A: brown body with some red hues along the edges, small off white head that leaves some nice lacing

S: some dark fruits and a malt aroma

T: some caramel, slightly bready with some winter spices and nuttiness

M: medium, sessionable, slick sweet aftertaste, sticky finish

O: a pretty good easy drinking beer, good for the style and good for me (386 characters)

Photo of Genuine
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into my duvel tulip.

Poured a nice dark amber in color, with a darker cream head that seemed to dissolve quite quickly.

Smell - Some fruity, roasted notes come out, not much, some spices.

Taste - This is where this beer falls apart...I was exited to hear that sebago came out with a winter ale, as they are one of my favorite "style" of beers. But this wasn't strong enough, I thought, for a strong ale. I was hoping for a higher ABV, and for the beer to not only be dark in color, but have delicious roasted malt character with some hops to balance it out. It's ok, but it's not great.

Mouthfeel - a bit thin for the style, I thought.

Overall - a good beer from sabago, but not great. (718 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the sebago collection I recieved from my good friend Matt up north. Decided to do the vertical/horizontal/ whatever it is of all of them. Poured into a pint glass,lol.

Nice color, rich dark brown, near black with a light head of tan that comes up and caps the top of the glass nicely. Aroma is dominated by aromas of oak and vanilla, which meld seemlessly into the chocolate notes that become ever more present as time goes on. First sip is wonderful, more carbonated then I typically see with barrel aged beers, with a nicely lively presence and rich, velvet like carbonation. First sip is loaded down with oak notes, hints of bourbon and vanilla start to come out as I dive further into it. Suble at first but then it starts to build. Nice backbone of chocolate coming through as well as a light touch of smoke (821 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes 12/30/10.

A: Pours brown with some red hues with a small off white head that has decent retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Dark fruits, some raisins and plum and a thick caramel malt aroma.

T: The dark fruit and caramel are here in a big way. There is a slightly bready malt flavor as well as some winter spices and a nuttiness.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation. The finish is a little sticky.

O: Pretty good beer. Always thought it was a winter warmer, and seeing that it was retired as a warmer and is now in the strong ale category makes me wonder if there was a recipe change. Though, I haven't had this beer for 5 years or so, so there is no way I can remember. Either way, easy drinking and a nice beer to the winter time. (768 characters)

Photo of ElijahCSkuggs
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber color, barely any head, and patchy retention and lacing.

Definitely smell the sweet floral notes as well as some malty roastiness. Has a dry, dark fruit note as well. Very pleasant and not overly pungent.

Smooth and creamy yet carbonated with a small bite. A welcome and low-impacting bitterness is combined with similar small dry fruits, and has good floral taste as well.

I bought this for my friend, Nick, for Christmas...but I haven't seen him. So, I think I've waited enough, and I'm glad I didn't wait any longer. The retard probably wouldn't have appreciated it anyways. I know I did! This is a friendly American Strong Ale that will have you thinking winter. That's good thing. (702 characters)

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Slick Nick Winter Ale from Sebago Brewing Company
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